Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for February 23rd, 2016…

Google Fiber to North Alabama

Trump calls Cruz a liar

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump fiercely attacked his rival, Ted Cruz, during a rally on the eve of the Nevada caucuses.

“This guy is sick,” Trump told his supporters in Las Vegas. “There’s something wrong with this guy.”

He accused Cruz of running false ads against him.

“He’s got an ad, something to do with I want to take away your land and I want to keep it in the federal government,” Trump said incredulously. “I don’t even know what the hell they’re talking about.”

While his campaign is lying, has been for a while…

It’s the trope on Trump: He’s authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. That’s because Donald Trump doesn’t let facts slow him down. Bending the truth or being unhampered by accuracy is a strategy he has followed for years.

“People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts,” Trump wrote in his 1987 best-seller The Art of the Deal.“People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.”

Trump is coming to Huntsville

In 2015 as part of its Gig City push, Huntsville asked companies to bring their ideas for high-speed Internet to the city. It had 13 responses, but Stowe said no company was ready with every piece of the puzzle.

Huntsville considered the Chattanooga model, where the local utility is the Internet, television and telephone provider, Stowe said, and it considered limited service to businesses or government offices.

“Each either had a problem or was too expensive or we didn’t feel comfortable with that decision,” Stowe said.

So is Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, among the frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination, has been confirmed for a visit to Alabama, has learned.

Rubio will be in Huntsville on Feb. 27 for a private fundraiser, according to Sam Givhan, chair of the Madison County Republican Executive Committee. Huntsville-area GOP officials are hopeful Rubio will also hold a public campaign event but nothing has been scheduled.

The Alabama primaries are March 1.

State Rep. Will Ainsworth, co-chair of Rubio’s campaign in Alabama, told on Monday that Rubio is planning a public rally somewhere in the state the day of the Huntsville fundraiser but nothing has been confirmed at this point.

The Rubio fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. Givhan said Monday he did not know where the fundraiser will be held.

Bill Gates sides with the FBI

The Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has waded into the row between Apple and the FBI, arguing that the government agency is right to demand co-operation from Silicon Valley when it comes to terrorism investigations.

Gates also questioned Apple chief executive Tim Cook’s characterisation of the case as a demand for a “back door”, the Financial Times reported.

“This is a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case,” Gates said.

“It is no different than [the question of] should anybody ever have been able to tell the phone company to get information, should anybody be able to get at bank records. Let’s say the bank had tied a ribbon round the disk drive and said, ‘Don’t make me cut this ribbon because you’ll make me cut it many times’.”

With his intervention, Gates stands on the opposite side of the conflict to many of the prominent figures in Silicon Valley, including Google’s Sundar Pichai and WhatsApp’s Jan Koum, and the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

More recently, Mark Zuckerberg also expressed support for Apple, telling the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona that “we’re sympathetic withApple. We believe in encryption; we think that that’s an important tool”.

Joe Biden has some views on the SCOTUS opening, but he will have you know that they don’t matter…

Irondale cop denied service at a Krystal

An Irondale cop believes he was denied service at Krystal because he is a police officer after he waited for more than 20 minutes to get his food which never came.

The incident happened at the Krystal on Crestwood Boulevard about 4 p.m. Friday, according to Irondale police Chief Ken Atkinson. The officer doesn’t want to be identified or interviewed, Atkinson said.

The officer’s wife posted this on Facebook over the weekend: “It’s a shame that police officers that protect and serve their communities are denied service. After waiting in the drive-thru in his patrol car, they never acknowledged my husband’s order. He went inside in his uniform and every worker walked away from the counter to the back of the store.”

Krystal says, “nah, our service just sucked”…

Krystal spokeswoman Kim Miller late this afternoon said video surveillance showed the officer did visit the drive-thru and went inside. “We can also verify that the service he experienced was unacceptable, but it was also unacceptable for the other three guests in front of him at the counter and at the drive-thru,” she said. “The service levels were unacceptable for all of our guests during that time period. The officer was not targeted, but neither he nor our other guests received the level of service they should.”

If the cop is wrong, why do this?

The company issued a revised statement this afternoon:
“We take this allegation very seriously and have spoken with the entire Irondale Krystal team in addition to reviewing surveillance footage. Our policy is to serve all guests promptly and with a smile. In this case, we clearly did not meet the officer’s expectations and we want to correct it. We want to invite this individual as well as the entire Irondale Police department into our restaurant for a meal to demonstrate our appreciation for what they do.

John Archibald thinks some folks in Montgomery have some explaining to do?

He is finally right about something

Governor Bentley: Why did you interject yourself into this case? And by the way, did you get the tag number of that bus you threw your old friend Collier under?

Secretary Collier: Were you pressured into signing the affidavit, as some reports concluded? And if so, what could bring pressure to the state’s top cop? And by the way, was the affidavit the truth?

Mr. Hart: Did you give up grand jury secrets? Did you break any rules?

Attorney General Strange: Hello? Hello? Are you there?

Baron Coleman: Come on man, why the change of heart? Did you find Jesus this month, or the devil?

Throw in Bentley’s senior advisor Rebecca Mason and his lawyer David Byrne. With so many lawyers and operatives and partners and pols, somebody has to know the truth.

What the hell is going on?

Syria cease fire, leaves out the fighters in Syria

A truce among some — but not all — of the groups fighting inside Syria will go into effect at midnight Friday.

The cessation of hostilities is the result of talks between the United States and Russia as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, the two countries said in a joint statement.

The main opposition group in Syria, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, expressed “preliminary approval to reach a temporary truce,” it said in a statement.

ISIS and al Nusra Front not included in truce

The opposition group also called for guarantees that Russia, Iran and sectarian militias would stop the fighting.

The terrorist groups operating in Syria — ISIS and al Nusra Front — are not included in the proposal.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been working with world powers to get a cessation, but the violence in Syria is unrelenting. Almost 200 people were killed over the weekend in multiple attacks, for which ISIS claimed responsibility, in the city of Homs and on the outskirts of Damascus.

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